Greetings for Milad-an-Nabi A.H. 1434
by Center for Islamic Pluralism
The Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP) wishes a blessed and fulfilling celebration of Milad-an-Nabi (Mevlud, Mawlid), the birthday of Prophet Muhammad sallallahualeyhisalaam, to all Muslim believers. CIP is an international network of Muslim moderate, conventional, traditional, and spiritual scholars, clerics, Sufi shaykhs and babas, authors, academics, journalists, intellectuals and activists, with groups and correspondents in 30 Muslim-majority countries and Muslim-minority communities.
Among the Muslims of Albania commencement of Mevlud began on the evening of 23 January 2013, or 11 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1434 in the Hijri calendar. In Bosnia-Hercegovina, the holiday was marked to begin the next day, on 24 January 2013 or 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1434.
Milad-an-Nabi is a time of reflection, renewed faith and joy for Muslims. CIP is especially gratified to observe Milad-an-Nabi events carried out by our brothers and sisters in South Asia and in Africa.
Spiritual Sufis are noted for their devotion to Milad-an-Nabi. Shia Muslims will observe the holiday according to their tradition.
Milad-an-Nabi is an official holiday in every Muslim country but one: the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where its public recognition is prohibited by Wahhabi clerics. The observance is also condemned by South Asian fundamentalist Deobandis. But it is also a state holiday in numerous lands with large Muslim minorities.
[Note: CIP did not issue Milad-an-Nabi greetings for 2012/1433. However, we published an extensive article on the topic here.]